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Gen. Eng. Microbial Pesticides Field testing

Thought this might be of interest to the GE conversation.  Big chemical
corporations pushing the research... Scorpion toxins on a baculovirus

[Federal Register: April 30, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 83)]
[Page 23448-23449]
>From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



[OPP-50829; FRL-5714-8]

Receipt of Notifications to Conduct Small-Scale Field Testing of
Genetically Engineered Microbial Pesticides

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: This notice announces receipt of three notifications of intent
to conduct small-scale field testing involving microorganisms which
have been genetically engineered to express pesticidal toxins. Two,
from Dupont and American Cyanimid, respectively, involve baculoviruses
expressing synthetic genes which encode for insect-specific toxins from
the scorpion Leiurus quinquestriatus hebraeus, and the other, from the
University of Wisconsin, involves various strains of nitrogen-fixing
bacteria of the genera, Rhizobium and Sinorhizobium, containing a
plasmid which has been engineered to express trifolitoxin, an
antibiotic derived from Rhizobium species, in order to inhibit the
growth of competing soil bacteria. The Agency has determined that these
notifications may be of regional and national significance. Therefore,
in accordance with 40 CFR 172.11(a), the Agency is soliciting public
comments on these notifications.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted to EPA by May 30, 1997.

ADDRESSES: By mail, submit written comments identified by the document
control number [OPP-50829] and the appropriate file symbol to: Public
Response and Program Resources Branch, Field Operations Divisions
(7506C), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency,
401 M St., SW., Washington, DC 20460. In person, bring comments to: Rm.
1132, CM #2, 1921 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA.
    Comments and data may also be submitted electronically by following
the instructions under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION unit of this
document. No Confidential Business Information (CBI) should be
submitted through e-mail.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William R. Schneider, Biopesticides
and Pollution Prevention Division (7501W), Office of Pesticide
Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 401 M St., SW., Washington,
DC 20460. Office location, telephone number, and e-mail address: 5th
Floor, CS #1, 2805 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA, (703) 308-
8683; e-mail: schneider.william@epamail.epa.gov.

Kert Davies
Environmental Working Group
1718 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 600
Washington, D.C.  20009
kert@ewg.org  WWWeb: http://www.ewg.org
202-667-6982  fax 202-232-2592
Any opinions expressed are mine and not my employer's.